Most everyone is well aware of the mind-body connection that links mental health with biological health. The most recent example of this association became apparent to researchers who analyzed health data of more than 16,000 people aged 50 and older with depressive symptoms. Over a 12-year period, it was found that suffering from persistent depression was linked with a doubling of stroke risk. Interestingly enough, researchers learned that those initially diagnosed with depression were not as much at risk of stroke as those with longer-lasting depression. These findings may argue for people with symptoms of depression to seek help as soon as possible so that they may be able to avert the stroke risk that comes with prolonged depression.
If you are wrestling with depression, then please call our office. Our compassionate caregivers can help. With years of experience, we understand the intimate link between mental and physical health and can provide the proven techniques you need to get back to a healthier place. In addition to depression, we can help if you’re dealing with stress, anxiety, or grief, all of which can also have serious effects on your physical health. We can help, call one of our offices today or for a free mental health screening go to: http://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/PLAINSAREA/screening/3140
P.S. Previous research has linked depression with increased risk of high blood pressure and inflammation.